A Brief History of Dukki

AY UP, yo boggers!

You might alreadeh follow us on Facebook, twitter or Instagram, and know a bit abaht us boggers, or you might ‘av just chanced upon our blog on your travels through tinterweb. Warrever the circumstances, we thought we’d introduce ussens, and tell you all abaht how Dukki wuz formed. (No, we ‘aven’t spelled the words wrong, it’s colloquial writing. If yer don’t like it, yowl soon geroverit, me duck!)

The history of Dukki, is also kind of a love story!

Way back in 2014, I was made redundant, from a job that I’d slogged at for 4 years, with little recognition. you know the type, you put everything into it, thinking that you’ll make something of yourself from it one day, but that day never arrives…

Shurrup---mousematAfter 100s of job applications, and the realisation that I didn’t like ‘working for the man’ I decided to set up my own business. It was later that month, that I went on a blind date with a slightly quirky, bald man, and on a very sunny afternoon in #Beeston in the beer garden at The Crown, we discussed art, illustration, Nottingham and everything in between…. We discovered that we were both artists, and talked about how he could sell some of his work on my website, and we got on so well. In the July, we hosted our first stall with the @bibfmarket at the vintage warehouse, which was a quiet event, but we had such good feedback, that we pursued more. With no money for a car, we would load stock into suitcases and wheel it to events, like @bartonsplc monthly craft markets, and the @craftinthecityevents.

In December 2014, we won the Inspiring retail awards, and had 3 weeks to open our shop! It was a whirlwind from start to finish, but the rest is history. This photo was taken on the first day, right before we opened. 


We had hardly any stock, and hadn’t got a clue what would happen. We now get to live and work together every day, and we’re so proud of how things have gone. All we want to do is celebrate Nottingham, and the beautiful things it has to offer, and we’re so glad that you all want to support us whilst we do it. Getting to work with a slightly quirky bald man, isn’t half bad either ūüôā

Introducing Katie Abey Design

Introducing Katie Abey Design.
This year has been a whirlwind here at DUKKI. But we’re very pleased to announce that our DUKKI SHOWCASE 2015 is ending with a big rainbow coloured bang, probably containing jelly beans, or unicorn droppings if that’s what you like to call them….

This year has been a whirlwind here at DUKKI. But we’re very pleased to announce that our DUKKI SHOWCASE 2015 is ending with a big rainbow coloured bang, probably containing jelly beans, or unicorn droppings if that’s what you like to call them……ahem.

We introduce Katie Abey to our shop, although she needs very little introduction, because she is already a well known bogger on the Nottingham Illustration scene.

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A big load of Katie’s goodies, currently on display in our shop, Broadmarsh Centre, Nottingham.

Katie lives and works in a crazy little house in Derbyshire, with her fiancé, Jeff, and their cat, Frank. She works from home and has her work area carefully positioned next to the kitchen (and therefore the fridge and the kettle!)

She is inspired by anything weird and wonderful and aims to create colourful and happy illustrations by combining humour and puns with a touch of attitude and sweetness. Her aim is to create statements that are relate-able and will make people smile.

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It certainly did!

Every single day starts with with a fun illustration to get the cogs whirring. She enjoys drawing her illustrations using pencil and fine-liners and then adding colours and textures digitally.

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Her work has appeared in all sorts of places, from the walls inside Spanky Van Dyke’s, the hoarding for the redevelopment campaign in Sneinton Market, and even a range of Stationary for WH Smiths! (oo-er!)

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Cotton tote bags on sale in our shop.

When she’s¬†not drawing she¬†enjoys music, reading, going on adventures and frequently changing her¬†hair colour to match its surroundings!

You can follow Katie on Facebook here and twitter here, and, of course, pop in and see what she has for sale in DUKKI!

DUKKI SHOWCASE 2015 – Introducing Mel Graham Artist

Mel will be featuring some larger pieces of work, alongside smaller prints and cards.
Driven by her passion to paint, new work is always available.

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We are very proud to announce that our next artist to exhibit at DUKKI will be the Internationally selling and self taught artist Mel Graham!

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Mel’s¬†endless landscapes and dramatic seascapes focus on the¬†sheer and raw beauty of space and nature. Her colours are vibrant and brush strokes vivid, with colours chosen entirely by mood.
Her studio and adjoining gallery, are located in Nottingham, UK.  The light and space provides the opportunity for large and striking work to be produced.  Inspiration is drawn from the sea, and the empty expanse of natures finest. 

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Mel will be featuring some larger pieces of work, alongside smaller prints and cards.
Driven by her passion to paint, new work is always available.  Work often takes weeks to complete, or sometimes only hours.  Mel generally works on about four pieces at once, leaves them, and then works again,
re-defining and re-energising her work.

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She¬†has sold hundreds of paintings from the UK to Australia, The Falkland Islands to San Francisco. ¬†She received a “Highly Commended” status in the Artist category in the Patchings 2015 Competition for Squall of Teal.

More examples of her work can be found on Artfinder.com and her website which can be found by clicking here. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Help us to give a big welcome to Mel, by sharing this blog, and supporting local artists. You can keep up to date with all things DUKKI on our Facebook page.

Ta, me owds!

DUKKI SHOWCASE 2015 – Introducing Tom Marshall of Photogra-Fix

Tom Marshall is a photo colouriser, based in Glasgow, but originally from the East Midlands. He uses digital techniques to transform black and white photos into full colour works of art which bring history back to life.

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This year has flown by, and it’s now time to introduce Tom Marshall from PhotograFix, who will be exhibiting ‘Nottingham’s Past in Colour’ here at DUKKI from 17th June to 5th July.

Tom Marshall is a photo colouriser, based in Glasgow, but originally from the East Midlands.  He uses digital techniques to transform black and white photos into full colour works of art which bring history back to life.  The colours used for each image are researched to the fullest extent possible and often many days of work go into completing each picture.

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We are particularly excited about having Tom to exhibit with us this month, as he is ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† brother to Heidi, owner of Dukki.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Heidi¬†says “Growing up with Tom, it was easy to see that his career path would take him down a creative route. After making countless short special effects films, and later studying Media at the university of Lincoln, Tom became more and more interested in photography and old photographs in particular, which is where PhotograFix was born. I’m delighted to have him exhibiting at our shop!”

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Tom has a great love of the history of Nottingham and the surrounding area, with a particular interest in the architecture that has long since disappeared.

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 Tom has had the pleasure of colourising historical photographs for the Open University, the British Army, the National Museum of Ireland and the Welsh Guard, alongside commissions for private clients. 

Below, a¬†¬†group of Irish soldiers recuperating with nurses c1917. Pictured are two different nursing organisations, the Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS) and the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS). The TFNS wore a blue grey cape with a scarlet trim, and just visible on the uniforms of the nurses to the left of the image is a small silver ‘T’ which defines them as such. This Image was colourised as part of a recent exhibition for the National Museum of Ireland and a link to the exhibition can be found here¬†

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Toms offers a full restoration service, and colourising starts from £25.

¬†To¬†See more of Tom’s work at www.photogra-fix.com or at www.facebook.com/PhotograFixUK

Bea Roberts is now at DUKKI

Bea Roberts – Contemporary Folk Art is now exhibiting at DUKKI!

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Pop down to see her ‘Quirky Owl’ ‘Weird Fish’ and ‘Green eye cat’ amongst other pieces

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There is a vast selection of greetings cards, stickers,

jewellery and original pieces too!

You can read more about Bea by clicking here

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Come and see, me duck! It’s well worth a look!

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DUKKI Showcase 2015 – Introducing Bea Roberts Contemporary Folk Art

Her paintings are a playful, schizophrenic merging of techniques and ideas and she works in mixed media , creating artwork which has a rough, primitive naivety.

Another month has sailed by and in this merry month, we would like to introduce

Bea Roberts, who will be exhibiting with us from 17th Р31st May bea roberts

Bea has been painting and drawing more or less all of her life, and had her first exhibition at the age of 14. Her paintings are a playful, schizophrenic merging of techniques and ideas and she works in mixed media , creating artwork which has a rough, primitive naivety.

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Working intuitively and spontaneously, she uses collagraph printing techniques, brushes, sticks and other implements, as well as collage to create her vigorous and slightly surreal artworks. Her work is sold via the internet, in exhibitions and from her studio.

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She has participated in group shows, solo shows and juried exhibitions, and her work hangs in private collections all over the world. Some of her work has also been used in several film and TV productions, including Channels 4’s Cucumber, the new feature film ‘The Ninth Life of Louis Drax’ and a new German TV Drama, which is being filmed in Manchester.

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Her work is predominantly figurative. She is infinitely fascinated by faces, bodies and people. This fascination is apparent in some of the more surreal creatures she creates as well

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Bea’s exhibition opens on 17th May for two weeks. She is also a regular writer for Creative Nottingham and you can also follow her blog here

Her website is www.bearoberts.co.uk 

DUKKI Showcase – Introducing Farah Batool Art.

This year is speeding by at a rate of quacks, so I thought it best to introduce our artist for April’s slot in our DUKKI Showcase 2015.

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Farah Batool is a Nottingham based artist, and she often walks in the Peak district of Derbyshire and gets enthused by what she sees. The sense of light, colour and texture that surrounds her, largely inspires the way she works.timthumb (1)

She studied multi-media design at university. During this time she always toyed with the idea of creating artwork and often experimented with ideas using wire, feeling there was something missing from her life. In 2010 she decided to train as a teacher in Art, and around the same time, began to focus on ideas towards becoming a maker in order to utilise her creative skills. She started painting/drawing and working in earnest on canvas with mixed media. It was in 2013 that she started to translate her ideas into ceramic, and fell in love with it.

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Farah is still learning and developing possibilities using ceramic and wire and all the knowledge and techniques she has accumulated over time. Her artwork is inspired by nature and her surroundings, and is lead by a strong sense of design and her fastidious nature to explore ideas, thoroughly creating delicate yet intricate work.

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She predominantly works with bird motifs in white stoneware clay and glass, and is interested in exploring the complex relationship between simple lines and intricate pattern with the depth of tone and subtle texture that is uniquely created through using glass.

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She will be displaying some of her ceramic tiles, and jewellery in her exhibition, including some of her beautiful lace pieces, created using Lace to make an imprint onto porcelain discs. All sets are finished with blue oxide and some have the addition of transparent glaze on the white parts of the pendant to create a contrast with the matt blue

Farah’s exhibition will run from 18- 30 April, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter, or to find out more, visit her website www.farahbatool.com¬†

DUKKI Showcase – Introducing Becca Thorne: Illustration

The majority of Becca’s illustration work is linocut, burnished with a teaspoon and printed with water-based inks…

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It’s time for us to introduce our next exhibitor in the DUKKI Showcase 2015!

Becca is an illustrator and printmaker based in Beeston, where she works at home in her spare room studio creating hand printed pieces in linocut, silkscreen and wood engraving. Originally from the Forest of Dean, she studied BA and MA Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts on the south Cornwall coast, graduating in 2004/05 respectively.

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¬†The majority of Becca’s illustration work is linocut, burnished with a teaspoon and printed with water-based inks, which dry faster than traditional oil-based mediums, allowing for longer to be spent on designing and cutting and less on waiting for inks to dry. Some more colourful illustrations, which require several printed layers, might be pieced together digitally for speed and accuracy, but she still uses more traditional and unpredictable techniques when the situation allows.

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Becca’s style lends itself well to historical illustration and, as such, she is often requested to create period-specific imagery for clients such as BBC History Magazine and The Folio Society.

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A love of nature inspires much of her personal work, especially the beautiful and wild areas she’s lived and travelled, from British beaches to New Zealand mountains, and this continues to inform and inspire her practice, as does the work of printmakers such as Sybil Andrews, Lill Tschudi, Cyril Edward Power and Medieval woodcutters and illuminators.

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¬†Becca’s been illustrating professionally since 2008, working for a wide variety of clients including National Trust Books, Sight & Sound Magazine, HarperCollins, The Earth Island Journal, Compassionate Dorset, YSC, GQ Magazine, Anchor Canada and Rugby Borough Council to name but a few. She also tutors part-time on the Graphic Design with Illustration degree course at DeMontfort University.

Becca will be exhibiting her latest collection of prints, from 15-29 March.

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @BeThorney and on  Facebook at Becca Thorne: Illustration

Pitch Day

So, those of you who are following us on Facebook will know that we’ve been shortlisted for the inspiring retail awards 2014. If we win, then we will be opening a shop in the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre! We’re just on the way to pitch our brand, and hopefully put Dukki on the map.
I shall keep you posted about our progress, but for now it’s ta – ra from us, duck!

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Slippers, Cocoa and Kittens at DUKKI HQ

As I sit here at Dukki HQ, with socks, slippers and a kitten to keep me warm, Something tells me it must be Autumn. I don’t know if it’s just because the clocks have gone back, but there is the definite urge to stay in bed a bit later, and have the cocoa on standby! But there is no time for that malarkey! We’ve got work to do.

We currently have our fingers in several pies. I have been working on an exciting pitch, soon to be announced (top secret at the moment!) and I have been designing some christening invite templates to put on my website.

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Our resident artist Ian Jones has been putting the finishing touches to his ‘Local landmarks and Legends’ series, and has now finished ‘The Olde Trip’,

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‘Shane Meadows’

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and he is still working away at the leaves of ‘The Major Oak’ (He keeps having to stop because it makes his hands hurt, drawing all those leaves!) We hope to bring you more news from DUKKI HQ over the next few days, as things get potentially even more exciting for us! Watch this space, me Duck!

 

Try to pop down and see Dukki Merchandise, as they host a stall at this months ‘Not the Camden Market’ at the old Barton’s Bus station, Chilwell. More in formation can be found here.